How to Stay Positive at Work

If you ever find yourself zoning out on a blank computer screen wondering how you got into that four-by-four cubicle, you’re not alone. But, maintaining a positive attitude can go a long way. Dealing with negative coworkers or clients can often leave you feeling sluggish, depressed, stressed out and unproductive. Along with these negative thoughts, the repetitive work schedule can also weigh you down. Nonetheless, there are always ways to cope and stay positive even when dealing with the most difficult circumstances and people.

Attitude is a Choice

Staying positive can be easier said than done, but staying optimistic will make a difference in an environment where you’re spending 40-plus hours a week.

Why Positivity in the Workplace Makes a Difference

Workplace positivity can make you more efficient and ignite your creativity. Studies show that when the brain is positive, you are more successful than when your brain is negative, indifferent or anxious. One dilemma is that most people underestimate the relationship between happiness and positivity. It’s like asking, “Which came first? The chicken or the egg?” While most people think they can earn happiness through success, success is actually a by-product of positivity. While these are not quick fixes, these positivity-boosting tips can help you reap the rewards of a changed outlook and better mood.

Tips for Maintaining a Positive Attitude at Work

1. Start a Gratitude Journal

Starting a journal of encouragement is a perfect way to train the brain to seek the positive in any circumstance, rather than the negative. Journaling doesn’t have to be a time-consuming, 700-word essay. Start by jotting down three things you are thankful for every day.

2. Learn to Meditate

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Meditation is becoming more and more popular, and with good reason. Meditation can enhance your wellbeing by decreasing tension and anxiety, lowering blood pressure and enhancing focus. Studies have found that you can boost your job positivity and decrease depression by meditating at your desk for two minutes each day.

3. Practice Visualization

Visualization allows you to picture your daily achievements. Imagine the outcome instead of worrying about what you need to do. This exercise is about being intentional and directing your steps for each day.

4. Praise Your Coworker

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Another way to maintain positivity at work is to respect and compliment your coworkers. Research shows that social encouragement during times of high stress is the greatest source of satisfaction. Try to create opportunities to show your coworkers support on a daily basis.

5. Exercise Regularly

Not only does fitness improve your physical health, it will also benefit you emotionally. Exercise produces dopamine in the brain, which contributes to lower stress and anxiety rates. If you decide to incorporate more fitness into your schedule, try hitting the gym before you start work. Getting an early start on the day will leave you feeling refreshed, accomplished and ready to seize the day!

6. Smile More

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It seems simple, but smiling more is one of the best ways to boost your mood. It might sound ridiculous, but research has proven that smiling will improve your attitude and positivity—even if the smile is fake! As they say, “Fake it ’til you make it.” If you begin to feel overwhelmed or depressed at work, try to take a few deep breaths and smile.

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